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Charles Bouchard, MD, to be honored by Illinois Eye Bank

MAYWOOD, Ill. (June 18, 2014) – Loyola University Medical Center ophthalmologist Charles Bouchard, MD, is being honored by the Illinois Eye Bank for his commitment to the eye bank’s efforts and mission.

Bouchard, chair of Loyola’s Department of Ophthalmology, will be honored during the eye bank’s Annual Gift of Sight gala, which will be held Thursday, June 19, in Chicago. Bouchard partners with the Illinois Eye Bank in performing corneal transplants and conducting eye research.

Bouchard, who lives in Glen Ellyn, is one of the nation’s top cornea transplant surgeons. In a cornea transplant, the surgeon replaces a diseased or infected cornea with a healthy, donated cornea. It’s the most frequently performed transplant procedure.

Bouchard said he encourages patients to write thank-you letters to donor families.

Anyone can donate eyes. If corneal tissue is not suitable for transplantation, the eye can be used for research and education. You can become a donor by signing up with the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry at http://www.ilsos.gov/organdonorregister/

The Illinois Eye Bank’s mission is to preserve and restore sight, through transplantation, research, education and partnership.

Also being honored at the Gift of Sight gala is Sherrill Bodine, a best-selling author and philanthropist who is a longtime supporter of the Illinois Eye Bank.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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